“The River” By Old Nick
The Woodbridge, NJ Indie-Rock soundscape construction crew that is Old Nick recently released it’s lead single, “The River,” off I’ve Seen Colors, the outfit’s forthcoming debut full-length release. The band’s latest work, as well as the record it resides upon, was recorded at The Machine Shop in Hoboken, NJ and follows the same subdued Ambient-Rock model in which Old Nick operates, save for the final barrage of charred guitar chords and pounding stick work on this tune, continually building up upon itself to an unsustainable level, eventually coming in for crash water landing of alluring proportions. I’ve Seen Colors is scheduled for a January 14th releases date with a celebratory show to be thrown in its honor at The Court Tavern in New Brunswick with Gates, Vaseduva, and Minor Motion.
“Electric Whiskey” by Empire Escorts
“Electric Whiskey” is the appropriately christened opening salvo of Empire Escorts’ self-titled debut EP, an electrically charged five-track collection of jagged, riff-driven, Hard-Rock with a Grungey underbelly. The aforementioned lead off track, and cream of this raucous crop, is fronted by the charred fret-work of the outfit’s axe-wielder Tim Spaulding, while front-man Joe McCaig’s rasped vocals serenade the listener with imagery of an untouchable sexy seductress with set of impressively poetic lyrics rarely penned in tunes of this genre.
“Bleach” by The Lips
Anthony M. Laido, better known by his stage name, The Lips, is the epitome of DIY music , booking his own shows, brokering his own record deals (Lillian Records), and playing every instrument heard on his recordings, which he personally engineers. The Oakland, NJ Indie-Punk produces an alluring wall of sound akin to that of the North Hollywood, California Garage-Rock duo Heavy Young Heathens that’s earned the one man band more than 20 song writing awards, including seven for such a reputable organization as VH1. The Lips self-titled debut is scheduled to drop sometime in 2012 and should include songs similar to “Bleach,” a two-minute rage-tune that follows the “Don’t bore us, get to the chorus,” template.
“Better Off Dead” by Mind Fish
On its forthcoming full-length release, Watchout, which is scheduled to drop on January 24th, The Toledo, Ohio-based Mind Fish is at war with the hipsters, yanking the listener’s attention from the cluttered fog encased soundscape of skinny jeans, cat sweaters, and dirt-staches, and shedding light upon it’s own alluring brand of Indie-Rocking Nerd-Pop by spitting melodious verses of their own shortcomings as band (and their girlfriend’s affection for Jack White) [“Detroit Rock N’ Roll], the preposterity of labeling a group as “pretentious” [“Indie Ghandi”], and an ode to the Chevy Chase personality Pierce from Community on the title track. However, amongst the foe despair [“Sunny Afternoon”] and character studies of the coolest cats round [“Pleased To Meet You,” “Can’t Control At All”], are ballads of affection, big plans [“One Day”], and hope [“Reasons”] that keeps Mind Fish going. However, it’s “Better Off Dead” that rises to the top as the cream of this Eddie Ashworth (Sublime, Slightly Stupis, Unwritten Law) produced assemblage that sits somewhere on the spectrum between They Might Be Giants and OK Go.
“High Noon” by True Apothecary
The Westchester, NY-based True Apothecary presents the listener with a style of tunes as obscure as the film references it makes. It’s debut EP Thank You, Janitor, Thank You Scientist, which alludes to a conversation held in the film Half Baked between Thurgood Jenkins (Dave Chapelle), and an uppity scientist at a pharmaceutical plant, is as alluring a title, to this journo at least, as the group’s catalogue of spacious and experimental Indie-Pop tunes. It’s ambient soundscape construction performed behind melodious Singer/Songwriter-esque tunes, and a truly original and enchanting take on both of those musical stylings…enjoy this next cut from that record “High Noon.”
NOTE: Be sure to check out other selections from True Apothecary on the group’s Facebook page, including “1.21 Jiggawatts” and “What’s In The Box?!?!?!” here.